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Kelly Soter is Oregon Elementary Principal of the Year

kelly and kids  surprise choir

Jackson Elementary School Principal Kelly Soter is honored at a surprise assembly as Oregon Elementary Principal of the Year 

April 25, 2017

Jackson Elementary School Principal Kelly Soter has been named Oregon Elementary Principal of the Year by the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators (COSA) and the Oregon Elementary School Principals Association (OESPA).

Under Soter’s leadership, Jackson has transformed from an underperforming school to a school that is the pride of its community.

“There are a pool of exceptional elementary principal candidates, but Kelly's commitment to building a community of learners sets her apart,” said Ginger Redlinger, OESPA President. “She’s added a preschool program, inspired teachers and parents to work together to raise achievement for all, and also added a health care center!  Kelly inspired community-wide positivity lifting up the entire community.”

Soter is in her 6th year at Jackson Elementary School.

"Ms. Soter is a well-respected leader whose innovative strategies get results for students," said Chief Academic Officer Michelle Zundel.

COSA principals of the year must exhibit personal excellence, model professional growth, communicate effectively, and interact with others professionally and tactfully. Principals chosen for this top honor also demonstrate collaborative leadership, foster community, and ensure high levels of the curriculum, instruction and assessment.

Soter will present at several events this year and compete for National Elementary School Principal of the Year.